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DOWNHAM MARKET. Laxtons (high class grocers), High Street. Lamson Rapid Wire stystem with at least 4 lines. Now in private hands. Andrew Stevenson

GREAT YARMOUTH. Co-op. "Mother shopped for food around the corner at the Co-op. The cashier sat in a glass booth high above the counters, receiving the shoppers' money from an overhead tramway system and despatching the change and receipt back along the same route." Jann Perry. Different drumer: the life of Kenneth MacMillan. (Faber & Faber, 2010), p.20

GREAT YARMOUTH. Palmers (dept. store). "Palmers' pride and joy was their Pneumatic Tube Cash system, which, it was claimed, enabled customers in those pre-credit days to get their change much quicker. The brochure produced by Palmers to celebrate the seventieth anniversary described the mechanism, worked by a patent suction engine and an electric motor: The cash is inserted in metal carriers, which in turn are put into a brass tube, through which air is being circulated at high presure. Six seconds is sufficient for the carrier to reach the first floor desk from the longest outstation, 250 feet away. The change is then returned by the cashier in another tube, and arrives back, often within twenty seconds of being despatched... The brochure also pictures the cashier on the first floor, sitting at a desk dominated by a pair of upright tubes resembling trombones for the use of giants. She sits calmly, arms folded and hands resting on her lap, waiting for a sale to be registered. How she was able, at busy times, to open arriving tubes, check the bill of sale, put the money safely away, count the change, put it in the tube and send it in the eight seconds which would be available to her to meet the twenty-second target is a mystery. There appears to have been just one operative and one set of tubes to receive and despatch carriers." Chris Armstrong. Anything from a pin to an elephant: tales of Norfolk Retail. (Stroud: Amberley, 2016), pp. 45-46. Includes the photograph of the cash desk.

GREAT YARMOUTH. Plattens (dept. store) Broad Row. Traded from 1889 to 1998. "On the rare occasion when we went to Plattens, I was always intrigued with the overhead systems of canisters and pulleys they used to send the money from the counter to the cashier at the back of the store." Carrier had gone by 1960s. Great Yarmouth Mercury website.

KINGS LYNN. Kings Lynn & District Working Men's Co-op. Sturtevant pneumatic tube system with 13 stations. (Sturtevant letter of 13/8/29)

KINGS LYNN. J.H. Ladyman, 39-40 High Street. "Their shop had a central cashier in a glass office overlooking [the] whole store. The money and ticket was sent to her in a screw on jar that fixed to a cable and [was] sent speeding along to her, then she sent it back with the change." Delbert posting on Kings Lynn Forums 25/6/05

NORTH WALSHAM. F.Randell and Co. (ironmongers and agricultural and general engineers). Lease agreement for Gipe Closed Wire Carrier in Norfolk Record Office, BR 87/69

NORWICH. County and City Supply Stores, 1 Haymarket. "The cash railway. A new line with its several stations now open, and may be inspected without charge at the County and City Supply Stores... Edward Wild, proprietor." Norfolk Chronicle and Norwich Gazette, 25 Sep. 1896, p.4

NORWICH. Frank Price, 72-78 Magdalen Street and 3-13 Botolph Street (not sure which). Cash Carrier. (Linda McAllister)

NORWICH. Jarvis Henry & Sons (dept. store) 55 and 57 St Benedict's Street. Cash Carrier. (Linda McAllister)

NORWICH. Jarrolds. "All the tubes from the store come to the cash desk. This is a glass partitioned part of the cash office. Two or three girls may be working in front of open tills, receiving the cups from the tubes, checking in cash and giving change. Finally the bills are rubber stamped by the assistant showing their particular number." Jarrold Magazine, Christmas 1968
• "RJ [Richard Jarrold] joined the company in 1958... He recalls that a pneumatic tube system was still in place for the handling of cash and change. Chris Armstrong. Anything from a pin to an elephant: tales of Norfolk Retail. (Stroud: Amberley, 2016), p. 85

SHERINGHAM. Co-op. "Sheringham Co-op had dispensed with the separate cash tills on each counter and replaced them with a centralised cashier's position, linked to the counters by a system of overhead cables." Albie's Tales website